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Old 05-20-2013, 04:06 AM   #1
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Whats the best way to get food out of rocks

I think iv got a phos problem in my 55g and I think it's caused be rotten food which as gotten into the rocks and the cleaner shrimp or blue legged hermit crab can't get to it. So can I use a power head to blow it out or will that cause problems ? Or what's the best scavenger fish that I can put in tank that will and can get into all the nucks and cranneys and eat it would a gobby do that ? Thank
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:26 AM   #2
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Yes you can blow rocks with power head and do pwc. Several cuc at your choice like bristle worms, gobbys, bristle star fish, snails and hermit crabs.
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I went to the dollar store and bought a couple turkey basters. Those work decent for blowing the crud out of the rock. I do it once a week before I do a water change
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Cool I never tht of that but was sure if I'd cause a spike in the tank or not
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Spike happens only when you add something in the tank like new fish or uncured rocks and substrate.
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I've been told there is a small spike when you aggitate something. If you move sand around and it releases garbage. Or moving rock around can cause a spike.. So it's possible blowing out the rocks could cause one.. But if you clean the rock and then do a water change . You should be ok. I've been doing it for months and have not had an issue
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Spike can happen anytime if your filtration is barely enough. Moving stuff inside the tank can stress your fish and may be releasing some ammonia from moving uneaten food will affect your tank if you don't do a water change.
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I know a guy that uses no filter media.. Live rock is it.. I use one layer of the blue pad and rinse it weekly. I'm pushing around 500 g an hour thru the sump.
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blowing your rocks with a small powerhead will be the best way to get detritus out of the rocks...
however if you are having phosphate problems then that wont help. what you need is a better water source. if you are using tap water then that is the problem. if you are using rodi water then maybe time to replace the filters. check if they are dirty and test out the water. otherwise, maybe look into buying a phosban reactor.

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Old 05-20-2013, 05:12 PM   #10
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I buy my water from a aquarium store so that should be ok the algea is going so I think phos should be under control fingers crossed
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